Destination guide

Seaside charm in Martha’s Vineyard vacation home rentals

Martha’s Vineyard is a charming, beautiful location with diverse activities for families, couples, and solo travelers. With its stunning natural landscape dotted with traditional New England cottages, lighthouses, and beaches, combined with quaint towns and seaside attractions, Martha’s Vineyard has a little something for everyone. Vacation home rentals can be found throughout the region, ensuring you’re within reach of your top destinations.

History

Experience history in Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard has an array of interesting historic sites and heritage museums that celebrate its rich history, many of which are found near vacation rentals. The Edgartown Harbor Light, a historic lighthouse with sweeping views of the water, and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, a location with exhibits on island history and culture, are excellent sites for history buffs. The Cottage Museum, a quaint, 19th-century house with period furnishings and historic artifacts, and the Old Whaling Church, a handsome church that was built during the height of the 19th-century whaling boom that defined the seafaring culture in Martha’s Vineyard, are two additional highlights for history and culture.

Things to do

Fun and adventure surrounds Martha’s Vineyard vacation homes

From historic landmarks to beautiful parks, Martha’s Vineyard has endless opportunities for indoor and outdoor fun. Vacation homes can be found near Flying Horses, a landmark antique carousel from Coney Island, New York, and Gay Head Lighthouse, a quaint beacon from 1799 that offers guided tours. Cuttyhunk Island is a popular spot for sailing, fishing, and boating, and Katama, a residential beach with many seaside amenities, are also popular points of interest. The Mytoi Japanese Garden, a tranquil preserve with water features, Japanese architecture, and seasonal flowers, is great for nature lovers.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Martha's Vineyard

Are you searching for top things to see and do in the area? Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that Martha's Vineyard has to offer. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Island Cove Adventures (4.2 mi / 6.7 km)
  • Farm Neck Golf Club (4.4 mi / 7 km)
  • Falmouth Country Club (15.1 mi / 24.2 km)
  • Cape Cod Country Club (16.5 mi / 26.5 km)
Outdoor activities

Get outdoors in Martha’s Vineyard

Outdoor adventure is a must in Martha’s Vineyard. Miles of trails, beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs, and nature preserves provide the perfect backdrop for all types of outdoor activities in all seasons. Kayaking, windsurfing, fishing, swimming, hiking, and lighthouse tours offering stunning vistas are all popular activities for outdoor enthusiasts. If thrills are more your style, waterskiing, stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, kitesurfing, air and personal watercraft tours, and paragliding give you an adrenaline rush and unique perspectives on the island landscape. Golfing, canoeing, biking, horseback riding, and eco tours are also popular ways to explore the diverse environment outside of your summer rental.

Weather

Seasonal weather in Martha's Vineyard

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your vacation, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 77°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Martha's Vineyard

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, Martha's Vineyard is a great place to get out in nature. These are some of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Long Point Wildlife Refuge (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Manuel F Correlus State Forest (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Long Point Beach (2.7 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Gus Ben David's World of Reptiles and Birds Park (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
  • Polly Hill Arboretum (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
Beaches

Pristine beaches in Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard has miles of beautiful coastline with sandy beaches and shallow water that’s perfect for swimming and watersports. Vacation rentals are available near Joseph Sylvia State Beach, a pristine strand that was the filming location for the movie “Jaws,” and Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, a beach reserve with red cedars, sand trails, and an abundance of wildlife. Wasque Point, a nature reserve on Chappaquiddick Island with a beach and shallow surf, is a great spot for families, and the Menemsha Public Beach, a quaint beach with stunning sunset views and a picturesque rocky shoreline, is ideal for seaside relaxation.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Martha's Vineyard

Fly into Vineyard Haven, MA (MVY-Martha's Vineyard), the closest airport, located 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Hyannis, MA (HYA-Barnstable Municipal), which is 25.9 mi (41.7 km) away.

Getting around

Transportation in Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard can only be reached by ferry or air, but once on the island, there are numerous transportation options to get to local attractions and vacation homes. Two bus lines, several train lines, car services, and ferries service the island, and you can walk, bike, or rent a car to get around at your own pace.

Where to stay around Martha's Vineyard?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,074 vacation rentals near Martha's Vineyard. From 837 Houses to 96 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Martha's Vineyard for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Martha's Vineyard?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Martha's Vineyard. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cape Cod: 7,688 vacation rentals
  • Nantucket Island: 944 vacation rentals
  • Falmouth: 1,721 vacation rentals
  • Oak Bluffs: 1,728 vacation rentals
  • Edgartown: 1,271 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Martha's Vineyard! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Martha's Vineyard?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Martha's Vineyard:

  • Nantucket Island: 944 rentals
  • Falmouth: 1,721 rentals
  • Oak Bluffs: 1,728 rentals
  • Edgartown: 1,271 rentals
  • Dennis: 914 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Martha's Vineyard?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Martha's Vineyard are:

  • Barnstable Municipal Boardman Polando Field (HYA): 4,842 vacation rentals
  • Otis Angb Airport (FMH): 3,724 vacation rentals
  • New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB): 729 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Martha's Vineyard?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Martha's Vineyard. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Hyannis Port Beach: 2,834 rentals
  • Craigville Beach: 4,732 rentals
  • Martha's Vineyard Museum: 777 rentals
  • West Dennis Beach: 3,440 rentals
  • Old Silver Beach: 2,976 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Martha's Vineyard listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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